Community Oriented Policing (COPs)
UTPD began creating its community oriented policing (COPS) program in the fall of 2003. COPS is a policing philosophy that emphasizes working with the community to solve crime-related problems and to prevent crimes.
The success of the COPS approach to policing is dependent on the relationships built between the police and members of the community they serve.
A Community Resource Officer (CRO) is assigned to every campus district.
How is COPS different?
The COPS program features Community Resource Officers (CROs) who are assigned to different areas of the campus called districts. CROs act as the points of contact for non-emergency problems and concerns important to the people in their district of campus. UTPD’s goal is for every faculty and staff member to know the CRO for their area and to become a partner with the CRO in crime prevention activities and problem solving in non-police matters.
For example, if you are in an area of campus that has recently experienced an increase in thefts, you could contact your CRO and organize efforts to improve crime prevention through education and policing. Or, if your building is experiencing a rise in the number of people loitering, your CRO can give building monitors and employees suggestions on how to check for university identification.
Benefits of COPS
Stronger relationships between members of the campus community and UTPD lead to more direct and effective policing efforts.
Under the COPS program, CROs help increase the availability of UTPD to the community and provide opportunities for improved communication with faculty, staff, and students. You are more likely to provide UTPD with critical feedback regarding your community's crime prevention priorities and concerns if you have a more personal relationship with the department through the CRO. With community input, police activity can be tailored according to the needs of the campus district.
You can help
The success of the COPS program is dependent on your participation. You can help by:
- Inviting your CRO to make a COPS presentation to your office or organization
- Making suggestions for how to make your office or building safer
- Alerting your CRO to any patterns of problems in your office or building